At last week's Legislative Session, Board member Mark Brentley proposed improvements in the way that the administration responds to speakers at the monthly Public Hearing.
Currently, each speaker receives a postcard from the Superintendent thanking the speaker for his or her input.
Under Mr. Brentley's proposal, speakers would receive a letter that not only expressed appreciation, but also restated the issue or concern expressed by the speaker and provided an appropriate response, including any information requested. Responses would be sent within 48 hours.
Board member Randall Taylor seconded the motion but the other members voted against it. Part of the reason is that Board member Sherry Hazuda's Communications committee is working on a procedure for responding to speakers. There was also concern that the 48 hour turnaround was too optimistic, particularly because some concerns might require Board action.
If these measures are successful, the Public Hearing process may become a means for two way communication between parents/the community and the administration/ Board.